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John Cornyn on Technology

Republican Jr Senator (TX)

 


Curb abusive patent litigation that stifles innovation

A member of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, Senator Cornyn has worked to fight the "brain drain" of top foreign students who earn graduate degrees in STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, pushing legislation that would help retain the world's best and brightest minds here in the U.S.: enabling American competitiveness on the global stage and bolstering job creation here at home. In an effort to curb abusive patent litigation that stifles innovation, Senator Cornyn has authored the Patent Abuse Reduction Act to update antiquated patent laws and protect inventors unfairly targeted by "trolls" looking for an easy payday. Representing a state home to our space program, world-renowned medical centers, leading research universities and one of the nation's fastest-growing technology corridors, Senator Cornyn will continue to ensure that Texas remains at the forefront of American innovation for decades to come.
Source: Vote-USA.org on 2014 Texas Senate incumbents , Oct 25, 2014

Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007.

An amendment to provide an additional $550,000,000 for Amtrak for fiscal year 2007. Voting YEA would increase Amtrak funding from $900 million to $1.45 billion. Voting NAY would keep Amtrak funding at $900 million.
Reference: Santorum amendment to Transportation funding bill; Bill S.Amdt.3015 to S.Con.Res.83 ; vote number 2006-052 on Mar 15, 2006

Voted NO on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates.

Vote to pass a joint resolution expressing congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission. The rule would therefore have no force or effect. The rule in question deals with broadcast media ownership and would allow media conglomerates to own more television stations and newspapers.
Reference: FCC Media Ownership bill; Bill S J Res 17/H.J.RES.72 ; vote number 2003-348 on Sep 16, 2003

Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine.

Cornyn signed Broadcaster Freedom Act

A bill to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from repromulgating the fairness doctrine. Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), notwithstanding any other provision of any Act, from having the authority to require broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance, commonly referred to as the Fairness Doctrine.

Source: S.34&H.R.226 2009-S34 on Jan 6, 2009

Televise proceedings of the Supreme Court.

Cornyn signed bill to televise proceedings of the Supreme Court

A bill to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that Chapter 45 of title 28, US Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

'The Supreme Court shall permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court unless the Court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute a violation of the due process rights of 1 or more of the parties before the Court.'

Source: S.446&H.R.429 2009-S446 on Feb 13, 2009

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